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Guitarists who amaze and confuse you...

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by soulgeezer, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    One of my favorite (if not my all-time favorite) guitarists growing up was Alvin Lee. The dude played amazing hot blues and rock at blistering speed and somehow managed to keep it musical and interesting with exceedingly high energy. He was - for me, anyway - the model of what a shredder could be, if a shredder was going to remain musical and fun.

    But, he didn't do it on some Super Strat with DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups and a 24" neck radius. He did it on a Gibson ES-345 that had been chopped up and had a Strat pickup shoved in between the two humbuckers.

    Having owned an ES-347 - which I sold a long time ago because it was a work of art, but I couldn't play it worth a damn (I'm small and that guitar is... not) - and being currently in possession of an Epiphone Dot with pickups that came out of an SG Supreme and set up by a terrific tech friend of mine, I can only say:

    I have no freakin' idea how Alvin Lee played like that on that ES guitar!

    Are there any artists who fascinate, confuse, or amaze you with either their ability or the fact that they do what they do in an unconventional manner or with unconventional tools?

    I find this stuff interesting -- Who's on your "I don't know how he/she does it?" list?
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  2. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    I'd say most of them. You watch them play and they put their hands in the same place you do, but it never sounds the same when I do it.

  3. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

  4. Obsessed

    Obsessed Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

    Nov 21, 2012
    For me, it is Jack White. I don't know if he is rockin' some questionable tones on purpose or it just comes out that way.

    Edit: I am a total fan of his, just to be clear.


    SPUDCASTER Poster Extraordinaire Platinum Supporter

    Lenny Breau is still AMAZING! Pull out his version of "The Claw" for a treat.

    Buster B. Jones, give him a listen.

  6. gtrplr

    gtrplr Tele-Meister

    May 22, 2008
    Nashville, TN
    I amaze and confuse myself most of the time, not necessarily in a good way.

    Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins, Danny Gatton, Jerry Donahue, Les Paul, Tommy Emmanuel, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Mark Knopfler, Leo Kottke, Brent Mason, Andy Reiss, Ranger Doug, Vince Gill

    Heck, I can do this all night.

  7. SoulstormTX

    SoulstormTX Tele-Meister

    Jul 14, 2017
    San Antonio, Tx
    Kurt Rosenwinkel.

    Guy is absolutely fantastic.
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  8. Ooba Tooba

    Ooba Tooba Tele-Meister

    Jul 10, 2017
    Toledo Ohio USA
    Page. Easily recognizable. Not technically astounding, but shreds. Plays sloppy (not a dig) and makes it sound good. I always felt more emotion was conveyed from that style than someone like a Yngwie who didn't "struggle" for notes. Hard to explain, but yeah...Page

  9. MDent77

    MDent77 Tele-Holic

    Jun 13, 2016
    New England
    Django Reinhardt. Paco De Lucia. Roy Clark. Yngwie Malmsteen. Ritchie Blackmore. Michael Hedges. Brent Mason.

  10. soulgeezer

    soulgeezer Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 5, 2006
    Sinatra's World
    I forgot about Django. Holy crap, Batman -- Three fingers! Regarding his playing, how on God's green Earth did he do that?????

  11. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 14, 2005
    Nueces Strip
    Redd Volkaert.
    Plays fast, fiddly, fluidly and never fouls another string.
    I got to stand directly over his left shoulder at a guitar show once and was very surprised at how high his action is, plus he does it all with those big thick fingers.

  12. vintagelove

    vintagelove Tele-Meister

    Oct 18, 2014
    There are only 2.

    Holdsworth and Yamashita.
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  13. nojazzhere

    nojazzhere Friend of Leo's

    Feb 3, 2017
    Foat Wuth, Texas
    All of these and many, many more, BUT........Terry Kath.
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  14. adjason

    adjason Friend of Leo's

    Jan 9, 2010
    Jazz guys especially with a classical guitar

  15. cntry666

    cntry666 Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 16, 2010
    decatur, ga
    Andy Timmons. He can do it all. Rock, jazz, country and everything in between.

  16. mnutz

    mnutz Tele-Afflicted

    Just killer.

  17. Nickadermis

    Nickadermis Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Dec 18, 2016
    Camden Point, MO
    I might have given up,on my reacquaintance with the guitar had it not been for a video I saw with Redd.....a true inspiration for anyone but especially for us with large fingers !
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  18. drf64

    drf64 Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 24, 2009
    Ada, MI
    okay someone had to say it: Henry Kaiser. doh! I'm totally confused by what he is doing and amazed that he has defenders.
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  19. adamgdog

    adamgdog Tele-Meister

    Apr 5, 2017
    Eddie Van Halen. Eruption. Watch the live video. That's all I need to say.

    Also, Mark Knopfler.
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  20. Endless Mike

    Endless Mike Friend of Leo's

    Nov 2, 2016
    Arlington, Texas
    For me it's all those guys who are idiosyncratic and unusual, excluding prepared guitar and the like.
    Guys like Adrian Belew, David Torn, Bill Frisell, etc.

    Bill Frisell, in live performance, can keep a melodic idea going through boundless permutations, indefinitely, without ever losing focus and attention for the ideas he's working.

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